Getting a colonoscopy isn’t something people look forward to. It’s invasive, requires a night of preparation – including fasting – and can be a logistical challenge since you must be driven to and from the procedure.
The good news is that there are other colon cancer screening tests that have been shown to be just as effective as colonoscopy, without the risk factors. Tests like the FIT test (fecal immunochemical test) are screening tests that you can get from your primary care doctor. All you need to do is pick up the test, provide a stool sample whenever it is convenient for you, and send it back.
The FIT test may be appropriate for many patients, however, if you have any of these:
- Conditions that can cause gastrointestinal bleeding such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis
- Family history of colon cancer
- History of polyps or multiple, large, or high-risk adenomas (benign tumors)
A FIT test may not be appropriate, and you should talk to your doctor or gastroenterologist about the best option for you.
Talk to your doctor
Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options. If you don’t have a primary care physician, we can help you find one.